“Bizarro-Prime Minister”

I’m grading midterm exams for my Introduction to Politics class today. One of the questions in the exam asks for a definition of “shadow cabinet”. This is the leadership of the opposition party in the British House of Commons. Every member of the opposition leadership is assigned to be the opposing “counter-part” to each member of the Prime Minister’s cabinet.

One of my students defined “shadow cabinet” as consisting of the “head of the losing party who becomes a sort of ‘bizarro-Prime Minister’.” I assume that’s a reference to the “Bizarro World” in the D.C. comics universe, as popularized in a very funny episode of Seinfeld.

I am DEFINITELY going to use Bizarro World in the future when I teach about politics in the United Kingdom.

(The student got full credit on that question, by the way.)

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